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Captain Hook has been captured by the British navy and is soon to be hung.

As Hook tells his life story to his captor, it becomes clear that the fearsome pirate was once a scholarly boy - until one fateful night in Port Royal when he meets the volatile Peter Pan...

Raise the Jolly Roger and discover the book that opened thousands of eyes to the possibility that, once upon a time, Captain Hook was not the villain we know him to be.

Since its publication in June of 2012, this original story takes you through Captain James Hook's rise to piracy, including his first confrontation with Long John Silver and his service on the Queen Anne's Revenge alongside Blackbeard at the Charleston Blockade.

This book is not a retelling of the events of J. M. Barrie's beloved novel. It's a defense of the world's most famous pirate, told by the man himself.

Captain Hook has reason and wit behind his hatred for Peter Pan...If only someone would listen.

©2012 Jeremiah Kleckner & Jeremy Marshall (P)2015 Jeremiah Kleckner & Jeremy Marshall

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HOOKED from the start

I will never think of Peter Pan and Captain Hook the same way again. This is an engrossing and well written background story. The characters were believable and even though this is only a 5 hour book, in those hours you really got to know the characters. I enjoyed that the story opened with Hook as a boy, a boy who clung onto the characters from his childhood while growing up in the company of pirates. His realization at the end about the events which lead to his father's demise brought the story full circle, leaving me completely cheering for Captain Hook.

The narration by David Stifel was brilliant. The true voice of a storyteller, and one of the best male narrations I've listened to in recent years. The narrations that truly grip me are those where I forget there is a narrator and get "lost" listening to the character. This was that type of narration. David Stifel's Hook is dignified, loyal, and intelligent.

As a parent I can also say this is an appropriate book for kids probably ages 9+. Although there are scenes of sword fighting and death, none is described in graphic detail. I think kids, particularly those who like pirate stories, would really enjoy it. The narration is articulate and would be easy for kids to understand. I have already recommended this audiobook to friends.

I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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a masterful narration

Captain James Hook and the Curse of Peter Pan is enticing from the first word. The description of Hook leads the reader into the book; “His eyes are so narrow that they never seem to blink” and he “smiles with everything but his eyes.” The authors create a fascinating character, dangerous but hypnotic. The first chapter sets the tone so well, not only of Hook’s character but all the great winks towards the Captain Hook you grew up with, like his pocket watch that ticks very loudly.

As the story progresses, more and more familiar characters from Peter Pan enter and begin to play their part. The genius of the authors is that no one plays the part you expect. Is Hook the villain? Is Pan the hero? Side characters like Smee are also not as one would assume. The characters of this book incorporate more shades of grey and live in a morally ambiguous world. It would be difficult to discuss the plot without giving anything away. Trust me, this is one plot you want to uncover for yourself. It will hold your attention to the last word.

David Stifel’s narration of Captain James Hook and the Curse of Peter Pan was fabulous, one of the best narrations I have ever listened to. His voice can be honey smooth or dangerously sharp. Not only does he convey the personalities of the different characters, he does a fine job of conveying each character’s emotions. The authors need to sign him to a long term contract for this entire series. The production values of the audiobook were first rate. The sound is clear. There are no extraneous noises or changes in volume.

I enjoyed this audiobook very much. I was not able to listen one day because of location so I purchased the kindle version. While I still liked the story, this is one situation where the audiobook brings a whole new dimension to a book. The narration adds precious gold and silver threads to the tapestry of the narration. For example read the line, “When I turned the body of my father, I expected the world to collapse around me but, strangely, it didn’t.” The lines could convey a total lack of feeling for a son for his father. But when Mr. Stifel narrates that line, it conveys a totally different emotion. It conveys a boy thrust into manhood through a traumatic event, a boy who has neither time or fear or grief because surviving has become the only thought. It really is a masterful narration.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

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  • Robin
  • San Antonio, Texas, United States
  • 09-07-15

Not at all what I expected.

A swashbuckling tale of piracy and revenge in a creation of the back story of Captain Hook from the tale of Peter Pan. Like the Count of Monte Cristo it highlights the destructive nature of revenge and shows a man unable to accept responsibility for his own actions. A very good read if a little difficult to start initially.

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Best version of this story I've ever heard!

This is definitely the best version of the Peter Pan story I've ever heard! The Authors did a great job and the narrator is amazing! This is a completely different twist on the classic story!

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  • Myztikal
  • On the Edge of Glory
  • 07-25-17

Captain Hook as you'd Never Imagine

What about David Stifel’s performance did you like?

This is one of his better performances. I enjoy listening to him; but he brought Hook's undoing to life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Hook went through a complete personality change. Life's events changed his personality and impacted him as we know him in JM Barrie's Peter Pan.

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I loved this back story about Hook and Peter Pan. Although I wouldn't compare it to the TV series Once Upon a Time, I have enjoyed the various retellings and dark fairy tales and nursery rhymes deep rooted with substance and psychological transformations that have popped into literary fiction within the past dozen years. (Well before the show.)
This was a wonderful quick listen, rich within its well written and plotted story line!

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It really puts the whole story into perspective.

The story is really good and the narrator does a great job. The only reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5 is because it kind of ruins my childhood. It is able to portray Cpt. Hook in a relatable and understanding light, and Peter Pan very much less so. Listen to this and I doubt you'll be able to look at either character the same way. Great job!

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  • dailey
  • Council Bluffs, IOWA, US
  • 10-09-15

The making of Captain Hook

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What made the experience of listening to Captain James Hook and the Curse of Peter Pan the most enjoyable?
Everyone likes the peter pan story line. This made it very new and different. The story line is from Captain Hooks point of view and how he became who he is.

What did you like best about this story?
Finding out that Captain Hook and Peter Pan were friends when Hook was a boy growing up.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, after hook befriend Peter Pan you kinda get hooked on the story line. I just wanted to keep finding out what happens next. Than you get to a point in the book where you really understand Captain Hooks frustration with Peter. I didn't want to join the crew or anything but I did get where his feeling of being out to get the boy came from.

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David did a great job narrating the story line. He was very easy to listen too. He was great for helping bring out the feels of the story line the author wanted to share with us.

I received this audio book in exchange for a review.

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I'm now a Cpt. Hook cheerleader!

This is the story of how young bookish James Hoodkins became the wicked pirate Captain Hook. It’s a tale full of tricks, escapes, defeats, captures, treasure, Never Never Land, and lost love. After giving this book a listen, I, too, wanted to hunt Peter Pan down and tie him to the main mast.

The story starts off in Port Royal in the Caribbean, probably in the 1600s or 1700s. At first, it reads a bit like a historical fiction, which I enjoyed. Young James is a scholarly kid and much more into books than into sword fighting or sailing. His mother quite enjoys telling him fantastical tales right before bedtime or during his bouts of illness. So, of course, when Peter Pan makes his first appearance in James’s life, he has no problem believing.

James’s father is not the coddling sort and makes a final decision, against the wishes of both wife and son, to take James on his next sailing venture. James’s best friend will be going with him, so at least he has that. James makes a sweet farewell to his friend (and perhaps more than friend) Emily. As you might imagine, the venture doesn’t go as planned and little by little we see how the quiet, timid, sweet James Hoodkins turns into the bold, wretched, determined Captain Hook.

There’s death and romance, sword fights and alligators, pirate treasure and the English Navy. The fantasy elements are firmly grounded in events that could have really happened in our world. This lent a gravity to the story that made me appreciate it all the more. I read Barrie’s original Peter Pan novel sometime ago. I enjoyed it, though it was written for its age and contained touches of racism and sexism. It was very refreshing to have all the awesome bits of the tale without the disappointing bits in this fascinating retelling.

There are only two female characters in this tale but the authors write them well. We only get a few glimpses of James’s mom but she is her own character. We see much more of Emily and she has even more personality. Both women leave an indelible mark on the man who becomes Captain Hook.

I received a copy of this audiobook at no cost from the narrator (via Audiobook Blast) in exchange for an honest review.

Narration: David Stifel did an excellent job bringing this story to life. Over the course of the book, James goes from a pretty mellow kid to a hardened pirate. Stifel hardened the character’s voice as the tale went along and that was well done! He also had this great voice for Peter Pan being a youngish, mostly oblivious voice. His female character voices were believable.

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Fantastic Pirate Adventures

This was a magical tale full of adventure and fantastical delight. It was really enjoyable. It reads as an instant classic. It fits well with the novel Peter and Wendy that came out in 1911. It's the story told from Hook's point of view. Being a fan of anything Peter Pan I jumped at the chance to read this book.

The writing style is spot on and instantly you're pulled into the nautical world of Hook as he recalls being a boy growing up in Port Royal and encountering Peter Pan, then later Neverland. The way in which he discovers Neverland reminded me of The Chronicles of Narnia and was a really cool part of the story that was super fun to read. I loved the way he describes the part of Neverland he discovers. Parts of this story also reminded me of Tarzan of the Apes, which is a fantastic book. Young James and a friend face incredible beasts on an island and much like Tarzan their adventure facing off against these beasts makes for exciting fiction.

The author really captures the voice of Captain James Hook and you get to hear his story from his childhood on. It was fascinating and very well told. This book is a real treat for anyone who loves good storytelling but especially for fans of the Peter Pan story world.

There were some incredible sword fights at the end that were immensely satisfying. They made for huge stand up and cheer moments that made my heart swell with pride for the most unlikely of protagonists James Hook. This book was easy to rate at 5/5 stars. I loved every minute of reading it. I was highly entertaining, well written, and full of fun adventures.

Also the narrator David Stifel did an outstanding job with the audiobook. He just nailed Hook's voice and the voices of the others perfectly with all the different accents. It really added to the story to hear it told through a perfect Captain James Hook voice.

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Great spin

I love Peter Pan stories, and this was such a kick! It's all from Hook's perspective! The narrator did a great job with this story, and really sucked me into his world. If I could have given this more stars, I would have.